I was about 13 when I first read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I remember thinking it was so different from anything I'd read before and I loved everything about it. It was the first time I laughed out loud while reading a book. It also made me think. I felt like I knew the characters and was right there with them through their adventures.
But what I really wish I'd had was a Babel Fish.
Well, it looks like technology is getting there. Waverly Labs is developing an earpiece that can translate called Pilot. They explain it like this:
At the convergence of wearable technology + machine translation, the Pilot is the world’s first smart earpiece which translates between users speaking different languages.
This promo video is fun. I want one.